Researchers Featured in Toronto Star

October 06, 2010 - In the News

Research by two University of Guelph graduate students and a psychology professor that found Facebook creates jealousy and suspicion in romantic and sexual relationships was featured in the Toronto Star today.

The study by psychology PhD students Amy Muise and Emily Christofides and Prof. Serge Desmarais is the first to provide evidence of a link between Facebook use and jealousy.

In the article, the writer discusses how the Internet, and specifically Facebook, has created a new realm for fostering jealousy between couples by allowing open access to the private lives of our lovers.

Quoted in the article, Muise says Facebook exposes people to many common triggers of jealousy. There's just enough information on a typical Facebook page to incite curiosity, but not enough to tell the entire story, she says.

U of G research on educational gaps among immigrants was also featured in today's Toronto Star.

The research report issued by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario was compiled by five professors from across Ontario, including sociology and anthropology professor David Walters, using the latest demographic studies.

The article highlights how the researchers found that children of new Canadians are more likely to stay in school than those whose parents were born here. It also discusses the current educational gap among newcomers, with youth from the Caribbean and Latin America most likely to drop out and Chinese students least likely to quit.

The aim of the report is to determine what barriers are keeping some groups from participating in post-secondary education.

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